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Tata awaits result of strike ballot

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA

Steel giant Tata which employs thousands in Wales will hear today if it faces the threat of strikes by workers in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Community, Ucatt and GMB unions have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme to future accrual.

The proposed changes to the scheme could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60.

The unions urged their members to vote in favour of strike action and for other forms of industrial action.

Ballot results are due today, while Unite members are still voting until next week.

Talks were held last week but failed to break the deadlocked row, with unions describing consultations as a "sham".

Credit: Roland Weihrauch/DPA/PA Images

Officials accused Tata of a "flagrant disregard" for the views of employees.

The company said almost 5,000 workers had attended more than 100 pension roadshows in 20 locations across the UK in recent weeks, while 2,000 letters and emails had been sent.

Employees had expressed a "clear understanding" of the challenges facing the pension scheme.

Tata said it would consider the feedback, but continued to believe that any pension options must address the scheme's deficit


Average weekly pocket money in Wales is £6.17

1200 children took part in the survey. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The average weekly pocket money that 8 to 15 year-olds get in Wales has risen by 11 percent since last year to £6.17.

That's according to a survey by the Halifax.

It means they get the third best payout in the UK after London and Scotland. They are also bucking the average which has seen UK pocket money falling since last year.

  • London, £7.65, minus 7.5%
  • Scotland, £7.27, 7.5%
  • Wales, £6.17, 11%
  • South East, £6.16, minus 4.5%
  • North West, £6.01, minus 6.5%
  • North East, £6.00, minus 3.5%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside, £5.84, minus 10%
  • East Midlands, £5.64, 2.5%
  • East Anglia, £5.63, 9%
  • South West, £5.60, 4.8%
  • West Midlands, £5.45, minus 9%
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